c1840s-1870s Ornate 14k Gold Pearl & Enamel Locket Pin / Brooch
Presented is a stunning 14 karat gold and enamel locket pin or brooch. This
piece dates to around the 1840s-1870s, and is likely of American make. The
brooch is very ornate in design, consisting of an oval locket in the center
surrounded by a variety of decoration. The central locket portion features a
beautiful enamel picture of a pretty woman in a purple dress. The portrait is
very well done and detailed, and is adorned with real gemstones, a diamond on
the woman's necklace and at the crown of her head, as well as a diamond and
ruby-set fascinator in her hair. The portrait has a ropetwist design around the
edge, as well as a border of rose gold scroll designs against black enamel. The
oval locket hangs inside a frame, with openwork scroll designs, real, natural
pearls, and lion's mask decoration, all exquisitely detailed and well done. The
lions are holding loops in their mouths that support a hanging garland
decoration, with a filigree drop and three little bead-tipped tassles. The
central locket portion opens to reveal a glass bezel on one side, with a good
size space on the other side for a picture to be glued in, a lock of hair, etc.
This piece is very well constructed, with an old C-style clasp in the back. The
hinge of the clasp is made in a particularly clever way, it looks like the pin
shaft was made to be removable and the clasp then folds down, likely so the
piece could be worn as a pendant. Unfortunately there is no longer a bail, but a
jeweler could easily add one.
the locket portion, at about the 5 o'clock position. The stones and pearls are
all intact. The clasp functions well and closes securely. There are no breaks
and no repairs.
The pin is not stamped or hallmarked, but we have tested it with nitric acid
and guarantee it to be at least 14 karat gold on all parts.
The pin is about 3 inches long and about 1 3/4 inches across.
This piece weighs 19.9 grams.